US Latino/a History since 1848 (Proseminar in United States History)

History 103D.006

Fall 2016
211 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
M 12-2

This course introduces students to the experiences of major Latina/o populations in the US since 1848. While the term “Latina/o” encompasses a diverse set of peoples from the western hemisphere, in this course we consider some of the similarities among people descending from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central America, and their historical experiences in the US. Four themes emerge in the US-centered histories of Latina/os: 1) the interplay between US intervention in Latin America and migration; 2) the relationship between labor recruitment and the struggle for inclusion in US society; 3) the development of transnational communities between country of origin and the US; and 4) the emergence of pan-ethnic identities and politics.  Over the course of the semester, we will study these themes with a comparative focus, while following a chronology driven by three turning points: the end of the US war with Mexico in 1848, the Spanish-American War of 1898, and World War II.  Students will develop the skills necessary to write a prospectus for original research (e.g., History 101 senior thesis). In writing a prospectus, students will gain a basic understanding of how to begin original research on any historical topic of their choosing: how to read historiography, ask critical questions, identify problems in the historiography, develop research questions, and locate potential primary sources/archives for further study.

Course Books

Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco by Summers Sandoval, Jr., Tomás F Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-1- 4696-2726- 7 Required
Debating American Identity: Southwestern Statehood and Mexican Immigration. by Noel, Linda C. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, . ISBN: 978-0- 8165-3045- 8 Required
Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American. by Mora, G. Cristina Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226033839 Required
Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity. by Gutiérrez, David G Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520202191 Required
Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego by Guevarra, Jr., Rudy P. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN: 978-0- 8135-5284- 2 Required
Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada by García, María Cristina Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520247017 Required
Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago by Fernández, Lilia Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226212845 Required
“¡Mi Raza Primero!” (My People First): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978. by Chávez, Ernesto Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN: 9780520230187 Required
Sounds of Belonging: US Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy by Casillas, Dolores Ines New York: New York University Press. ISBN: 9780814770245 Required